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Climate Crisis – NAWL Brief on Bill C-50, An Act respecting accountability, transparency and engagement to support the creation of sustainable jobs


The Senate is currently considering Bill C-50, a bill that aims to facilitate the shift towards a carbon-neutral economy and to support workers in this transition. NAWL calls on decision-makers to apply a strong intersectional feminist analysis as they consider this bill.   No true climate justice can be achieved without taking into consideration the unique challenges faced by women and … Read More

May 22, 2024


NAWL submits a brief to ban parental alienation accusations in family court


The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) has submitted a brief to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women for its study on Coercive Behaviour. In its brief, NAWL calls on the government to legislate to ban parental alienation accusations in family court. This demand echoes a recommendation of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women … Read More

May 8, 2024


NAWL receives 2023 Women, Peace and Security Civil Society Leadership Award from Government of Canada


National feminist law reform organization recognized for its work advocating for better protections for victims of domestic violence in gun control legislation Anishinaabe Territory/OTTAWA, May 2, 2024 Today, the National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) was awarded the 2023 Women, Peace and Security Civil (WPS) Society Leadership Award by the Canadian Government. The award was presented during an … Read More

May 2, 2024


“Parental alienation: The one-size-fits-none theory” by Suzanne Zaccour, Director of Legal Affairs, NAWL


The National Association of Women and the Law is advocating for a ban on parental alienation accusations in family courts. Suzanne Zaccour, Director of Legal Affairs, wrote an op-ed addressing this pressing issue. Read the full article at https://www.law360.ca/ca/family/articles/1829261/parental-alienation-the-one-size-fits-none-theory-suzanne-zaccour 

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April 25, 2024


Budget 2024 Policy Wins for Women


New funding for free contraception, creation of more $10-a-day child care spaces and investment in gun control buyback program Anishinaabe Territory/OTTAWA, April 16, 2024 – The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is pleased to see funding in Budget 2024 which addresses barriers women and girls in Canada face to achieving substantive gender equality. Reproductive justice – universal … Read More

April 16, 2024


Publication of the 2024 edition of “A Woman’s Guide to Money, Relationships, and the Law in Ontario”


The National Association of Women and the Law is excited to announce the publication of the 2024 edition of “A Woman’s Guide to Money, Relationships, and the Law in Ontario”.   This comprehensive guide is designed to empower women in Ontario with the knowledge of their financial rights and responsibilities within relationships. Whether you are married or in an unmarried … Read More

April 3, 2024


Announcing the winners of NAWL’s 50th Anniversary Student Essay Contest


Congratulations to the winners of our 50th-anniversary essay contest: The winning submission was from Tess Moffat from the University of Ottawa for her essay, The State as a Primary Perpetrator of Violence Against Indigenous Women.  Veronica Kiang, from Toronto Metropolitan University, was the runner-up for her entry, Fool’s Gold and Broken Rules: An Analysis on Wrongful Strip Searches Against Women.   … Read More

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March 28, 2024


NAWL continues advocating against parental alienation accusations against victims of family violence


“Parental alienation” is a concept used in parenting time disputes to criticize one parent, often the mother, when the other parent, often the father, does not have a relationship with the child. NAWL is leading a campaign, endorsed by 250 feminist organizations across the country, to ban the use of this harmful concept. Read our article on LAW 360 to … Read More

March 26, 2024


NAWL speaks out on the issue of sexual violence in the workplace


On January 31st, 2024, NAWL submitted a brief to the Committee on Labour and the Economy of the National Assembly of Quebec concerning Bill 42, an Act to prevent and fight psychological harassment and sexual violence in the workplace.   A Statistics Canada survey found that nearly one in two adults say they have witnessed or experienced sexual violence in their … Read More

March 25, 2024


The National Association of Women and the Law reacts to appellate decision on “Bill 21”


Yesterday, the Court of Appeal of Quebec rendered its decision on the Act respecting the laicity of the State, commonly known as Bill 21. Bill 21 was adopted with the preemptive invocation of the Charter’s notwithstanding clause, which the Quebec government intends to renew as we approach 5 years of the law being in force. “NAWL is extremely disappointed in … Read More

March 1, 2024


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28 September 2023
September 28, 2023

NAWL’s Written Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2024 Federal Budget

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In September, the National Association of Women and the Law submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance to share our recommendations to the Government of Canada for the next federal budget.  In our submission, we underlined the ...
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6 September 2023
September 6, 2023

Feminist organizations launch a new alliance to advance feminist law reform and end gender-based violence in Canada

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Algonquin Anishinaabeg Territory/Ottawa, ON The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) and Luke’s Place announce the launch of The Chanterelle Alliance for Feminist Law Reform. The Chanterelle Alliance will create the opportunity to foster greater coordination among feminist and equality-seeking ...
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31 August 2023
August 31, 2023

Student essay contest on women’s rights and feminist law reform

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Celebrating 50 years of advocacy for gender equality The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is pleased to announce the launch of its student essay competition in honor of its 50th anniversary. Participants will be invited to a student conference ...
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20 July 2023
July 20, 2023

NAWL Letter to Justin Trudeau Urging for Diversity in the Supreme Court of Canada

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The National Association of Women and the Law is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to appoint a woman who is Indigenous, Black, racialized, and/or from other equality seeking communities to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court of Canada.  The Supreme Court ...
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26 June 2023
June 26, 2023

NAWL testifies before the Senate regarding publication bans

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A publication ban is a court order which, in the context of a criminal trial, prohibits anyone from revealing the identity of a victim, witness or justice system participant. One of the aims of this order is to enable victims of sexual ...
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22 June 2023
June 22, 2023

The fight to defend reproductive rights and gender equality continues

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On the anniversary of the overturning of Roe v. Wade, NAWL joins 128 other equality-seeking organizations in calling on all levels of government to do more for gender equality and for women and 2SLGBTQIA+ people’s sexual and reproductive rights and bodily autonomy.  ...
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15 June 2023
June 15, 2023

Open Letter to Ministers re: Upcoming meeting of Forum of Ministers on Human Rights

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NAWL joins group of civil society organizations and individuals urging Ministers to consider open letter in advance of the upcoming meeting of Forum of Ministers on Human Rights, to be held on June 20, 2023 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. “As the fourth ...
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31 May 2023
May 31, 2023

NAWL Welcomes Steps in the Right Direction for Vulnerable Populations in Environmental Law: Bill S-5

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“The planetary environmental crisis affects everyone, everywhere, but not equally.” Ottawa, ON, Anishinaabe territory: Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act, is the first major reform of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA) in over 20 years. CEPA is ...
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24 April 2023
April 24, 2023

Coalition of women’s and feminist organizations call on NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh to deliver on his call for stricter gun laws

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Open letter welcomes the NDP leader’s support for urgent implementation of Nova Scotia mass shooting inquiry recommendations, given the party’s lack of concrete support to date for government’s efforts to ban assault-style firearms and handguns in Bill C-21   Algonquin Territory/Ottawa, Ontario, ...
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24 April 2023
April 24, 2023

Open Letter to Jagmeet Singh regarding a ban on assault-style firearms

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Mr. Jagmeet Singh, M.P. Leader, New Democratic Party House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Jagmeet.Singh@parl.gc.ca – Dear Mr. Singh, The #Women4GunControl Coalition is comprised of 33 national and regional women’s and feminist organizations who have come together to work toward securing a ...
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7 March 2023
March 7, 2023

Women’s Organizations Call on National Party Leaders to Honour Their Campaign Promises to Ban Assault-Style Firearms

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 07/03/2023 Weapons designed for war are a threat to the safety of women and girls, groups say Ottawa, ON: Thirty-one women’s and feminist organizations from across Canada are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to honour his government’s longstanding commitment ...
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7 March 2023
March 7, 2023

Open Letter: #Women4GunControl call for a federal ban on assault-style firearms

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To: Justin Trudeau, Pierre Poilievre, Yves-François Blanchet, Jagmeet Singh, Elizabeth May  CC: Ron McKinnon, Raquel Dancho, Kristina Michaud, Paul Chiang, Pam Damoff, Iqwinder Gaheer, Peter Julian, Dane Lloyd, Glen Motz, Taleeb Noormohamed, Peter Schiefke, Doug Shipley (members of the Standing Committee on ...
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6 December 2022
December 6, 2022

Joint statement in solidarity with Indigenous families mourning the murder of four Indigenous women

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8 November 2022
November 8, 2022

Press Release: NAWL Takes Action on Gun Control Law

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Algonquin Anishnaabeg Territory/Ottawa, ON – The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) has filed a brief with the House of Commons Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security regarding Bill C-21: An Act to amend certain ...
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6 September 2022
September 6, 2022

NAWL goes coast to coast with our Feminist Law Reform Workshop Series 2022-2023

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   The National Association of Women and the Law is conducting a series of Feminist Law Reform (FLR) Workshops across the country from 2022-2023.   The goal of the Feminist Law Reform Workshop series is to bring NAWL’s FLR 101 ...
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31 August 2022
August 31, 2022

Michelle O’Bonsawin – Canada’s first Indigenous jurist to the Supreme Court of Canada

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The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) welcomes the nomination of Canada’s first Indigenous jurist to the Supreme Court of Canada, Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin. We commend the federal government on taking this important step toward ensuring our highest court better ...
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30 August 2022
August 30, 2022

Feminist Organizations Support No New Abortion Law in Canada

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Drafted in partnership with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights In the devastating wake of the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade in the United States, Canadians are wondering how we can protect abortion rights in Canada. Abortion is regulated ...
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23 August 2022
August 23, 2022

SPRINT TO 50: NAWL’s Strategic Plan for 2022-2024

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Introducing our organizational strategic plan, Sprint to 50, feels like a very special and monumentous occasion for all of us at The National Association of Women and the Law!   Sprint to 50 acts as our guiding star for the next three years, ...
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12 August 2022
August 12, 2022

Blog Post: Can Youth in Canada Influence Law? They Already Do!

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by Averi Winn  Young people in Canada participate extensively in law reform—even though they may not realize it! Through their activism, they can, and do, influence lawmakers in many ways. I started my law reform work in climate change at 16 years ...
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8 August 2022
August 8, 2022

NAWL Announcement: Our new Head of Feminist Law Reform

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The National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL) is delighted to announce that Suzanne Zaccour (B.C.L, LL.B, LL.M, DPhil), a feminist author, researcher, and public speaker, will be joining our team as Head of Feminist Law Reform.   Suzanne will play an ...
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